Introduction to Dental Implants

pdm_dental-implant-exampleHave you lost a tooth to injury, decay or gum disease? All patients, at some point in their lives, will experience the loss of their own teeth. Missing teeth can cause difficulty speaking and chewing, and ultimately, the deterioration of jaw bone at the site of the missing teeth. Dental implants serve to restore the appearance and function of missing teeth in the dental practice of Houston periodontist, Dr. Alicia Valentini. Dental implants are the recommended method of tooth replacement and are considered the closest replication for your missing teeth available today.

The Process of Dental Implants by a Houston Periodontist in Houston, TX

To restore your missing teeth, our Houston periodontist will implant the titanium posts into your jaw bone. The titanium posts are compatible with the body and are able to integrate with the bone, mimicking the relationship between the jaw bone and a healthy tooth root. This creates a strong anchor for your dental implants and serves to halt any bone loss that naturally occurs at the site of your missing teeth.

The posts placed by our Houston periodontist will take several months to integrate with the bone. When this osseointegration process is complete, our Houston periodontist will attach abutments to your titanium posts that will rise above the gum line in order to anchor the crowns. Your crowns are designed to look just like your missing teeth and are fitted to the abutments.

The Care and Maintenance of Dental Implants by a Houston

Dental implants can replace your missing teeth without adding any special care or maintenance. Once our Houston periodontist places your implants, they require only the regular brushing, flossing, and dental visit intervals as your natural teeth. Dental implants can last a lifetime.

Dental implants can be used by our Houston periodontist to replace any number of teeth from a single tooth to multiple missing teeth.